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Upcoming session of the Staff Management Committee June 2018 | Session du Comité Administration-Personnel - juin 2018

The Staff-Management Committee (SMC) will hold its seventh session from 18 to 25 June in New York.
 
The SMC is the global body for staff-management consultations in the United Nations.
 
This SMC session is of particular importance given the Secretary-General's reform initiatives, including the Global Service Delivery Model (GSDM).
 
Please find here all relevant papers as received.
 
Please note that we have submitted papers on the use of temporary contracts and some proposed changes to the staff rules by the Ethics office.
 
Other important issues that will be discussed during the session and that affect staff in Geneva are a new mobility policy, protecting staff affected by GSDM, pension fund delays and better parental leave.
 
In advance of the meeting, we would appreciate any comments that you may have which will help us formulate our positions jointly with other unions.

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Charity Golf Competition at Jivahill Resort: 3rd Facchinetti Challenge 2018 - 2 June 2018 | 3ème Défi Facchinetti : Compétition de bienfaisance au Jivahill Resort - 2 juin 2018

On Saturday 2 June 2018, in collaboration with IGC (International Golf Club - Geneva) the 3rd Facchinetti Golf Challenge will be held at the Jivahill Golf Course in nearby France (23 minutes by car from Palais des Nations). The format will be Stableford in two shotgun rounds of 18 holes; tee-off times, 9am and 2pm. Prizing giving, cocktail and lottery will start at 18h00 to 20h30.
 
A limited number of places for invitees are available and will assigned on a "first come first served basis". This invitation is open to staff members of UN, of International Organizations and of the diplomatic missions in Geneva, who play golf and have a registered handicap. Funds collected will be donated to the "College of Magic" organization for children in Cape Town, South Africa.
 
Should you wish to participate in the event, please send an email with the information indicated in this flyer to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  and copy to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  with the subject "3rd Facchinetti Challenge".
 
For further information or clarifications, please send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  with the subject "3rd Facchinetti Challenge".

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Tax Compliance - Automatic Exchange of Information | Conformité fiscale - Echange Automatique de Renseignements

 

You will recall our well-attended townhall on Swiss taxes last September. Since then a number of developments have taken place that will impact you. 

As of autumn 2018, tax authorities in many countries will conduct the automatic exchange of information (AEOI). More than 100 jurisdictions have committed to implementing AEOI. 

In this context, the Swiss and Geneva tax authorities have announced that the possibility to benefit from a tax amnesty will significantly reduce. As of September 2018 the voluntary declaration of formerly undeclared income or assets will no longer be considered as non-punishable; sanctions will apply. In a similar vein, the French tax authorities recently closed their tax regularization unit. 

In order to avoid any penalty, you may wish to check your tax compliance, whether Swiss or not, with the tax administration concerned, and particularly if you have applied for Swiss nationality. Depending on status, wealth considered for tax purposes may include bank accounts held in Switzerland, abroad, at the AMFI (La Mutuelle), as well as other assets such as real estate in Switzerland and abroad. While Switzerland and France have a number of treaties to avoid double taxation of wealth with regards to income and assets in third countries, these may still need to be declared, even if not taxable.  

It is also worth knowing that in depositing funds at AMFI and many financial other institutions, you will be required to provide proof of prior tax compliance. 

More information can be found in the following sites:

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Crèche places for UN staff 2018 | Places de crèche pour les fonctionnaires de l'ONU 2018

We are pleased to tell you that we have secured additional crèche places especially negotiated for UN staff, in Mies (near Versoix), Rolle, Morges and Mont-sur-Lausanne.

For more details, you may refer to this
guide.

For pre-registration, please click on this
link.

Please note that the Council does not assume any responsibility for the relation that is established between a staff member and any chosen crèche.

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UN beach opening party this Saturday | Ouverture de la plage de l'ONU samedi

With spring sort of here, we would like to invite you to the annual opening party of UN beach this Saturday 5 May between 11.30 a.m. and 2.30 p.m.
 
New features this year at the UN beach include: 

·     a new children's play area with paddling pool;
·     party theme nights;
·     paddle board yoga, sailing and other courses;
·     additional sun loungers so you can while away the weekends;
·     new paddle boards (free for subscription holders);
·     a replanted lawn; and
·     a revised restaurant menu in line with your feedback.

The UN Jazz Band will be entertaining. A welcome buffet and drinks, including prosecco, rosé and blue wine, will be provided. Entry is also free, and consultants, interns and family members are also welcome. Please print this invitation to enter.
 
Please note that parking spaces are limited, but you are welcome to come by bike or to make a walk of it via the parks along the lake or through the tunnel from the botanical gardens.
 
We look forward to seeing you there.

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Take part in the Geneva May day march | Participez à la marche de Genève à l’occasion du 1er mai

This year's Geneva May day march will have a strong international flavour:

• The staff unions of international organizations in Geneva will be participating in order to call for a reform of how our conditions of service are determined. This is in light of recent changes to methodologies and their incorrect application, affecting G and P staff, as well as growing trends in the use of precarious contracts (temporary and consultant). The focus, in line with our campaign, will be reforming the International Civil Service Commission to bring it in line with the UN's values of fairness, transparency and respect for worker rights, while ensuring a strong say for staff through a tripartite structure. 

• Interns organizations will be participating to draw attention to the matter of unpaid internships in the UN system and the discriminatory effect they have on people who cannot take internships because they cannot afford to work for free. It will also raise awareness on a number of decent work deficits that interns face, including sexual harassment and the lack of formalized rights like sick leave.

The event will start at the broken chair with a collective gathering of all supporters to the cause for a group photo at 12.30 p.m. All people joining the march will then move to Gare Cornavin to where the Geneva-wide event to mark International Labour Day will start at 1.30 p.m. The march will cross the Mont Blanc Bridge and end at Parc des Bastions at approximately 4.30 p.m., where refreshments will be provided to all participants.

The joint participation of staff, consultants and interns underlines the ongoing solidarity across the UN workforce. 

Subject to exigencies of service, we therefore ask supervisors to allow both staff members and interns to participate in the event on 1 May. We also recall that, regarding standards of conduct, interns are held to the same high standards of conduct that are applicable to United Nations staff members. They should therefore refrain from conduct that is violent or political in nature.

We hope to see many of you.

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  1. How the ICSC's decisions last month affect your pay and conditions | Décisions de la CFPI ayant un impact sur votre rémunération et conditions de travail
  2. UN Beach is now open | La plage de l'ONU est désormais ouverte
  3. Where we stand on the campaign to improve our conditions of service | Point sur la campagne pour améliorer nos conditions de service
  4. Third edition of "Courir sans Borne" | Troisième édition de « Courir sans Borne »
  5. Decisions at last month's General Assembly that may affect you | Dernières décisions de l'Assemblée générale ayant un impact sur le personnel
  6. TODAY Townhall on the ICSC campaign and extraordinary assembly | AUJOURD'HUI Réunion générale sur la campagne contre la CFPI et assemblée extraordinaire
  7. 4th meeting of the 36th Council
  8. Our work programme 2018 | Notre programme de travail 2018
  9. Thank you for your actions on Friday + ICSC update | Merci de votre action du vendredi passé et informations mises à jour sur la CFPI
  10. Legal action against the pay cut 2018 | Action en justice contre les coupes salariales 2018
  11. Second day of strike tomorrow Friday | Deuxième jour de grève : demain vendredi
  12. Call for picket line volunteers for the next strike | Appel à volontaires pour les piquets de grève
  13. Thank you for taking part in the strike - Recap and next steps | Merci d'avoir pris part à la grève - Résumé et prochaines étapes
  14. The strike is on for tomorrow 16 March 2018 - please stay at home | La grève aura lieu demain 16 mars 2018 - restez chez vous
  15. Why the strike is important + information session on Wednesday at 1.15 p.m. | Pourquoi la grève est-elle importante et session d’information le mercredi à 13h15
  16. Consultation on a proposal for a strike | Consultation sur une proposition de grève
  17. Inter-Agency Games 2018 | Jeux Inter-institutions 2018
  18. The women who inspire us on IWD 2018 | Des femmes qui nous inspirent aujourd'hui
  19. How to appeal the pay cut at the Tribunal | Comment contester légalement les coupes de salaire?
  20. Tuesday's staff meeting on the pay cut and next steps | Réunion du mardi sur les coupes salariales et prochaines étapes
  21. Photos and video from the long service medal awards | Photos et vidéo de la cérémonie de remise de médailles pour service prolongé
  22. Staff-management working group recommends 4.4 percent increase in pensions | Le Groupe de travail personnel-administration recommande une augmentation de 4,4% des indemnités de pension
  23. Next steps following Monday's pay cut meeting | Prochaines étapes suite à la réunion de lundi sur les coupes salariales
  24. Professional audit shows Staff Council accounts to be correct and properly maintained | Résultats positifs de la vérification professionnelle des comptes du Conseil de coordination confirme que tout est en ordre
  25. Update on the creche project | Informations mises à jour sur la crèche
  26. Relax and get into shape this autumn with the Well-being & Health Club | Détendez-vous et maintenez votre forme cet automne avec le Club Santé et Bien-Etre
  27. Letter to Secretary-General urging him not to appeal judgment against pay cut in the compensation review | Lettre au Secrétaire général l'appelant à ne pas faire appel du jugement relatif à la baisse des salaires
  28. Long service medal awards ceremony 2018 | Cérémonie de remise de médailles pour service prolongé 2018
  29. Cafeteria to offer discounts to staff in the future | La cafétéria proposera des réductions à tout le personnel
  30. Mandatory age of separation is now 65 for all staff | L'âge obligatoire de départ à la retraite est désormais de 65 ans pour tous les fonctionnaires
  31. Good news for staff pay at the UN Dispute Tribunal | Bonnes nouvelles du Tribunal administratif concernant la rémunération des fonctionnaires
  32. Better news than expected regarding impact on staff of budget cuts | De meilleures nouvelles que prévu concernant l'impact des réductions budgétaires sur le personnel
  33. Happy Holidays from the Staff Council | Joyeuses fêtes de la part du Conseil du personnel
  34. Percussion classes at the Palais 2017-2018 | Stage de percussions au Palais 2017-2018
  35. FROM THE UN STAFF UNIONS: Procurement scandals and cover-ups at pension fund; SG urged not to renew its CEO
  36. Making it easier to come to work by bike | Rendre facile la venue au travail en vélo
  37. 2017 Christmas Concert by the UN Music Club | Concert de Noël du Club de musique de l'ONU 2017
  38. Discounts for UN staff | Rabais spécialement négociés pour les fonctionnaires de l'ONUG
  39. Townhall on parental leave | Réunion sur le congé parental
  40. Swiss nationality | Nationalité suisse
  41. Session on the staff selection system and your rights | Réunion sur le système de sélection et vos droits 11/12/2017
  42. Christmas concert | Concert de Noël 2017
  43. Medical insurance for dependents of Swiss nationals | Assurance médicale pour les personnes à la charge des ressortissants suisses
  44. 2017 Staff party on 8 December | Fête de fin d'année du personnel le 8 décembre 2017
  45. 2017 International Photo Club Annual Contest | Concours annuel du Club photo international 2017
  46. We met with Member States to defend your interests | Nous avons rencontré les Etats membres pour défendre vos intérêts
  47. International Photo Club Annual Contest 2017 | Concours annuel du Club photo international 2017
  48. News on the Pension Fund | Nouvelles concernant la Caisse des pensions
  49. 10th meeting of the 35th Council
  50. We all have a role to play in eliminating sexual harassment from the workplace | Nous avons tous un rôle à jouer dans l'élimination du harcèlent sexuel sur le lieu de travail
  51. Lunchtime staff event on Place des Nations and intern event at ILO | Événement pour le personnel sur la Place des Nations et événement pour les stagiaires au BIT
  52. Call for volunteers: staff party talent show and parade of nations | Appel à volontaires pour un "talent show" et une parade des nations pour la fête du personnel
  53. Staff Council resolution on SHP expresses serious concerns | Une résolution du Conseil exprime de vives inquiétudes en relation avec le PSP
  54. Session on the staff selection system and your rights | Réunion sur le système de sélection et vos droits
  55. UN Beach open until 22 October | Le Club de la plage de l'ONU ouvert jusqu'au 22 octobre
  56. UN Beach open until 15 October | Le Club de la plage de l'ONU ouvert jusqu'au 15 octobre
  57. Summary of last week's townhall on the pay cut | Résumé de la Réunion générale de la semaine passée sur les coupes salariales
  58. 9th meeting of the 35th Council
  59. Join the UN Football Club | Devenez membre du Club de football de l'ONU
  60. New training activity of the UNOG Table Tennis Club | Le Club de tennis de table de l'ONUG vous propose une nouvelle activité
  61. Changes to the rules on mandatory age of separation | Amendements des règles relatives à l’âge de la retraite
  62. Dance classes at the UN | Cours de danse à l'ONU
  63. Collection for the victims of the recent earthquake in Mexico | Collecte en faveur des victimes du récent tremblement de terre au Mexique
  64. Meeting with the Geneva private schools association | Rencontre avec l’Association genevoise des écoles privées
  65. Theatre Club starts again on Tuesday 19 September | Le Club de théâtre reprend ses activités le mardi 19 septembre
  66. Update on the legal appeal against the pay cut | Informations mises à jour sur le recours juridique contre les coupes de salaire
  67. 8th meeting of the 35th Council
  68. Staff Council statement for World Humanitarian Day and petition | Intervention du Conseil de coordination du personnel à l'occasion de la Journée humanitaire mondiale et péitition
  69. Summer's not yet over at UN Beach | L’été n’est pas encore fini à la plage de l’ONU
  70. Percussion classes at the Palais | Stage de percussions au Palais
  71. New crèche places for UN staff | Nouvelles places de crèche pour les fonctionnaires de l'ONU
  72. Action to take on legal cases regarding pay cuts | Mesures à prendre concernant la procédure juridique contre les coupes salariales
  73. Important news on the pay cut | Nouvelles importantes sur les coupes salariales
  74. Tennis camp for children during the summer holidays | Stages de tennis pendant les vacances d’été
  75. Your last chance to oppose the salary cut | Votre dernière chance de s'opposer aux coupes salariales
  76. Children's sailing courses and evening yacht cruises at the UN Beach Club | Cours d’initiation à la voile pour enfants et Croisières en yacht au Club de la plage de l'ONU
  77. Townhall tomorrow with important updates on the pay cut | Réunion générale sur les principaux développements relatifs aux coupes salariales
  78. Legal action against the pay cut (template form) | Action en justice contre les coupes salariales (formulaire type)
  79. Legal action against the pay cut | Action en justice contre les coupes salariales
  80. Important improvements to the UN Beach Club | Améliorations importantes du Club de la Plage de l'ONU
  81. Thank you for taking part in the work stoppage | Merci d'avoir participé à l'arrêt de travail
  82. Open Day for golf and tennis initiation - 24 June 2017 | Journée Portes ouvertes (initiation au golf et au tennis) - 24 juin 2017
  83. Your donation for the victims of floods in Peru | Votre donation aux victimes des inondations au Pérou
  84. Crèche places for UN staff | Places de crèche pour les fonctionnaires de l'ONU
  85. Further information on the upcoming work stoppage| Informations supplémentaires sur l'arrêt de travail envisagé
  86. Upcoming work stoppage | Arrêt de travail
  87. Come watch a UN Theatre Club play - 14, 15 and 16 June at 7 p.m.| Pièce de théâtre par le Club de théâtre de l'ONU - les 14, 15 et 16 juin à 19 heures
  88. Letter to management on work stoppages | Lettre sur les arrêts de travail
  89. Survey on Protection Against Retaliation | Enquête auprès du personnel sur la protection contre les représailles
  90. Photos from the Children's party 2017 | Photos de la fête des enfants 2017
  91. Children's Party "Pirates for Peace" | Fête des enfants "Des corsaires pour la Paix"
  92. Extraordinary meeting of all Geneva staff on Wednesday regarding the 7.7 % pay cut | Réunion extraordinaire des fonctionnaires à Genève au sujet des coupes salariales de 7.7%
  93. Concert celebrating 70 Years of the "UN Singers" | Concert à l'occasion des 70 ans des "UN Singers"
  94. Next steps on the pay cut | Prochaines actions contre les coupes salariales
  95. Second edition of "Courir sans Borne" | Deuxième édition de « Courir sans Borne »
  96. Update on the "No 7.5% Pay Cut" campaign | Informations mises à jour sur la campagne contre les coupes salariales de 7.5%
  97. The Children's party is postponed to 31 May due to bad weather | La fête des enfants est reportée au 31 mai en raison du mauvais temps
  98. No Pay Cut rally | Rassemblement contre les coupes salariales
  99. Paper raises serious questions regarding the credibility of the decision of the International Civil Service Commission to reduce pay in Geneva by 7.5 percent | Un document soulève des questions sérieuses sur la crédibilité de la décision de la Commission
  100. No to 7.5% pay cut | Non aux coupures de 7.5%